Red Sox vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
My 72nd and final game of the year, 82nd with road trip and 85 the Springs.
Tonight besides being the final home game of the year, It was Todd Helton’s final home game of his career. So most of this post will be a tribute to Todd and his 17 year career.
Dinger got into the act and had a goatee just like Todd’s
This is the last time we will see Todd’s Name in the introductions.
Todd and one of his daughters during the National Anthem
One of Todd’s first tips of the hats of the night before the pre-game ceremony.
Todd’s oldest daughter threw out the first pitch to her Dad!
The Rockies presented Todd with a horse for his retirement. The Horse named A “Tru Bustamove,”
Brad Hawpe and Aaron Cook were both at Coors for Todd’s final game Todd is hugging Hawpe in this photo and Aaron Cook is standing with his back to the camera in the green plaid.
Another tip of the cap after the pre-game ceremony and he headed back to the dugout.
He than brought out the score cards to the umpires. He is shaking hands with Joe West in the photo.
For the last time as an active player Todd takes the field at first base.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher this game her he is pitching in the first inning. Here he is throwing to Jacoby Ellsbury, he would lead-off with a single.
Troy Tulowitzki with a try to turn a double play on a hit by Dustin Pedroia getting Shane Victorino out at second.
David Ortiz hit a 2 run double to score Ellsbury and Pedroia for a 2 to 0 Red Sox Lead.
After the Red Sox scored a 3rd run the last out of the inning was a hit back to Chacin to get Bill Middlebrook out at first.
John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He put the Rockies down in order in the first.
With 1 out in the second Todd Helton came to the Plate once again with a tip of the cap.
on the third pitch of the at bat….
….he hit one more over the auxiliary in right for his 369th and last home run of his career.
He was only able to watch as the ball sailed out into the crowd. Over the years I don’t know how many times I have seen him hit a home run or how many photos of may have taken, But all of them were watched in amazement how easy he made it look to hit a home run in a big league park.
Taking the turn at second after his home run.
With 2 outs in the inning and Corey Dickerson on base hit a double scoring the Rockies second run of the inning. (3-2) Sox
The Red Sox would score a run in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Todd watches as Michael Cuddyer batting in the 3rd inning. Cuddy would strike out in the inning, Todd would come up for his second at bat of the night.
Todd would hit a fly ball to deep left-center.
That was caught by Daniel Nava for the second out of the inning.
Charlie Blackmon would score to tie the game at 4. That was Todd’s 1405 RBI of his career.
Before the 4th inning I headed up to the upper deck because I wanted to get photos of the field with the tributes to Todd.
The game did go on while I was up there and here is Chacin throwing a pitch with a runner on second.
From up here you were able to see the Giant 17 cut into the field and the purple ones painted on the base lines.
Shane Victorino hit a 3 run home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead.
On my way down I took the stairs that bring you to the home plate entrance and got a photo of the starting line up photos.
With Michael Cuddyer on base Todd hit a double in the 5th inning. His 589th of his career he is 17th on the all time doubles list. A very appropriate spot to end his career. Cuddy also scored and was Todd’s 3rd RBI of the night and 1406 of his career.
Todd standing at second while Lackey pitches to Nolan Arenado.
Matt Belilse pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he was the 4th Rockies pitcher of the night. Chacin Pitched only 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 striking out 3. Rob Scahill pitched the 5th and Drew Pomeranz the 6th.
Ex-Rockie Franklin Morales pitched for the Red Sox in the last 2 outs of the 7th inning.
In the inning Todd took his last at bat at Coors. He did strike out but hey it is baseball and he is a lifetime .316 hitter and he already had a home run and a double in this game, what else could you ask for than a .500 night for your last home game. I don’t know about you but I think I will remember seeing his last home run and his last double especially with that huge slide into second!
Roy Oswalt pitched the 8th for the Rockies, Just like the rest of the Roy Oswalt experiments have gone he was a disaster giving up 5 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk in the inning. Hope this is the last time he will be on this field as a Rockie, Hey Roy thanks for the Misery!!! Just a bit bitter he is the only Rockies to play this year that did not sign my team project this year and his 8.90 ERA helped the team in absolutely no way.
As the Rockies took the field in the 9th inning and it was the last time Todd would take first base at Coors his Daughters came out to the field.
They removed first base which was being changed each inning. These bases did have a special 17 Jewel on the side of them.
Another tip of the cap before the start of his last inning.
Rex Brother pitched for the mound. As you may have noticed in the last few photo is I got a little help from my friends to watch the last inning from behind the dugout.
it was amazing to watch Todd just taking in the experience as he was playing his last inning. Between almost every pitcher he would just look around and take in the crowd and the experience of being on a MLB field.
The Rockies try to get Todd one last out at 1st before he leaves, but John McDonald was safe But Quintin Berry was the second out at second. The inning ended with Brandon Snyder striking out.
Ryan Dempster pitched the 9th inning for the Red Sox. Ryan Wheeler lead the inning with a single, then Charlie Blackmon hit into a double play.
Josh Rutledge ended the game and the Rockies season at Coors by flying out to left field.
The Red Sox as they did 3 times this year celebrated a win against the Rockies 2 times in Fenway and 1 here.
After the game it was time for one last farewell to Todd Helton. It started with him followed by the team walking around the field and giving high-fives to the fans.
Here is most of the team when they were in left field.
Think Diane and the group in center field said it best with there last sign!
After walking around the field Todd stood at home as his teammates and a few Red Sox passed him giving him hugs and shaking his hand.
He than did interviews with roots sports Drew Goodman and MLB networks and former Rockies side line reporter Alana Rizzo.
Immediately after the players left the field the Coors MLB authenticator and Aaron who handles all the game used items at Coors label and tag the buckets of dirt taken from the first base area.
This was a very emotional night at a game. At times I think there was a not a single dry eye in the house and if you did not get emotional
on this night you should have not been there.
So that is it for the 2013 season. I would like to thank everyone who makes these game so great Win or Lose the friends who I sit with others who came to games with me, the ushers and staff that make Coors really feel like my home away from home for the 6 months of the year. To my family and friends that make this all possible. Most of all the reader of this blog who keep me doing this game after game day after day and mile after mile when I am on a road trip with out you I would have not made the top 50 in MLBlogs for most of the season and being 29th for the month of August.
Thanks to Todd Helton for giving his all every time he stepped on the field. For 17 Years of baseball. Just wish I was here for more of them.
For the last time this years that is it for this one
Thanks and see you around.
Boston Red Sox vs. Colorado Rockies
My 71st Coors Game of the year. 84th with Road trip and the springs!
Not sure how or if I will ever be able to top this many games in a season again. Also with these numbers I have not counted spring training games.
This is the last series of the year at Coors.
Before the game I went to the pavilions for batting practice and got my last ball of the year from the Red Sox. hat was my 35th ball of the season in an MLB park. 34 were at Coors and 1 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It was a ball I should have caught but dropt and it bounced back to me for the pick up. The Red Sox had one of the best batting practices I have seen from any team in a very long time they have a lot of power and these guys can hit everywhere.
Todd takes the field first for his second to last time. I took a similar shot a few days ago and really liked it so had to do it again.
Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He had an interesting first inning not what we are used to see from him after getting Shane Victorio out he hit Daniel Nava. and with 2 outs walk David Ortiz he did get out of the inning with just the 2 batters reaching but not a normal inning for him.
Victorino taking a swing in the first inning for his ground out for the first out of the game.
He we go Jarrod Saltalamacchia (hardest name to spell ever) grounded out to end the first inning.
John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox.
Charlie Blackmon wasted no time getting the Rockies on the board, he hit a lead off home run on the third pitch thrown by Lackey. After D.J. LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki both got out Michael Cuddyer hit a double. He would score on a Todd Helton single and the Rockies had a 2-0 lead.
Between innings they gave away the Toyota that has been on top of the Tundra sign in left field all season. Someone won it don’t know who, but if the person that did ever stumbles upon this congrats.
Chatwood settled down in the second and third and was nearly floor less getting all 6 out in those 2 innings. He threw only 20 pitches in the 2 inning combined.
The Rockies scored a third run on a Troy Tulowitzki solo home run in the 3rd. inning.
The Red Sox got their first hit of the game in the 4th inning a lead-off single by Dustin Pedroia.
Corey Dickerson hit a home run of his own in the 4th. The Rockies had a 4-0 lead after 4.
David Ortiz makes contact in the 6th inning, which was an out to center field.
Charlie Blackmon making the catch from Ortiz that ended the inning.
Todd Helton hits a single to right field in the Bottom of the 6th.
Tyler Chatwood who had a great start pitching in the 7th inning.
Tyler Chatwood fields a ball tossed by Todd Helton he missed the catch for the out. The ball was hit by Jackie Bradley Jr.
He did throw the ball home as Bill Middlebrook ran from third.
Bradley Jr. slides into first after Pacheco got and tossed the ball back to Chatwood at home. Bradley Jr. slides into home and was called out.
That ended the 7th inning.
LeMahieu takes a swing for a single in the 7th inning. Scoring Pacheco and Ruthledge. (6-1) Rox
That would give the Red Sox 3 runs for the game and make the final score 8-3.
Mike Carp would make the final out of the game, striking out.
The Rockies celebrate this win over the Red Sox.
One more left to write about. It is Todd’s last game at Coors.
It will be a huge blog post so check back hopefully I will have it up soon!
Thanks for checking out the Blog.
Rockies vs. Red Sox
Game 4 of road trip.
Today I was able to get to Fenway early and able to walk around the stadium outside.
I walked around the stadium a few times while I was waiting for will call and the gates to open. Once again the will call windows open the same time the gates do, so I first had to get my tickets and then get on-line to get into the stadium.
I took a bunch of photos of the statues and other things the red Sox had around the outside of the stadium. it is a cool festive atmosphere with food venders and merchandise venders.
This is a look of a statue outside the B gate. It is a statue of Ted Williams giving a kid his hat.
Here is another called “Teammates” The 4 players are Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johny Pesky and Dom Dimagio.
The plaque is interesting and tells some interesting stats about the 4 of them one is they played together for 7 years. They played a total of 52 years together. As teammates they were 653 and 424 with 104 of the wins in 1946. 36 times combined they were all-stars.
A look down Yawkey Way which is closed during the games and is fenced off and is part of the stadium.
These are banners displayed along Van Ness St. The are the names of all the Red Sox in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Here is the creative BNW for this post to show off the mad photo skillz. It is of a kid getting ready to get some snacks for the game.
The gates than opened I got my tickets and headed inside. Today I really got to also walk around inside the stadium.
This is a look from right field by the bull pens.
The Green Monster looking from right field also.
The Pesky pole which is the right field foul pole Named after Johnny Peske.
A look at Fenway stands down the right field line.
While walking around I bumped into Douglas who is a Coors regular and a long time Red Sox fane. Besides the Red Sox hat and Rockies shirt he could not figure out which teams colors foot wear he should wear, so how bought one of each!
His Purple Rockies Converse All-Star and Red, Red Sox one. He live in Boston for years and has a website devoted to his baseball travels.
Here is a look of the concourse on the first base side.
This is a look at the concession stands out by the right field concourse.
Red Sox starter John Lackey warming up in their bull-pen.
Here is a look at Lackey throwing a pitch in the first inning. I did not head to my seat because I was waiting for Chris to get to the stadium and had to give him his ticket at the B gate which is in right field so I watched a little out there. He arrive shortly after and we headed to our seats in the State Street Pavillions. The Rockies scored a run in the 1st. The run was scored after Carlos Gonzalez hit a single and he scored on a Wilin Rosario single (1-0) Rox. Rosario was the designated hitter this game with Torrealba starting behind the plate.
While I was heading to my seat I stopped at a spot on the lower concourse to see Oswalt pitch. Here is his first pitch to the Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury who hit a double to start the inning. The Red Sox did not let the Rockies lead to last long he would then score on a Shane Victorino single to tie the game. The red Sox scored a second run on a David Ortiz double he then scored on a Daniel Nava single. (3-1) Red Sox
Former Red Sox player Dwight Evans was at the game this day here he is being introduced between innings. He played from 1972-1990 for the Red Sox and 1 year in 1991 for the Orioles.
David Ortiz batting in the 3rd inning taking a pitch for a ball. He did walk in the inning. The Red Sox scored an additional 2 runs to take a 5-1 lead. Not much happened in the game for either team in the 4th,and 5th inning. I just watched and enjoyed watching baseball at this amazing ballpark .
Michael Cuddyer in the 6th inning would hit a lead off home run which would bring his hitting streak to 23 games to tie the all time hitting streak record held by Dante Bichette. As I am writing this he is at 26 games in this hitting streak.
Michael Cuddyer attacked the Green Monster a second time in the 8th inning for a second solo home run. (5-3) Red Sox
D.J. LeMahieu turning the 8th inning double play.
Koji Uehara pitching for the Red Sox in the 9th.
Here he is pitching to Tyler Colvin, Tyler struck out in the inning.
The next 2 Rockies would get out to end the game. The Rockies did not win one at Fenway. Besides the Losing both games this was a great trip in an awesome ballpark. I was glad I got to see this ballpark and the Rockies play there.
If you were thinking about going to Fenway to see a game I would defiantly recommend it. It is an experience in itself. The fans are passionate about their team and has pride to root for their team and were very cool to us away fans. The staff was very friendly and helpful from helping with getting my tickets to the ushers inside the stadium. It was just a great experience. I want to thank Mary O from Coors who helped get the tickets for these game. She was supposed to be there and was unable to make it. I also want to thank the Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino who gave us these awesome seats for these games. That was above and beyond by him to do for away team fans.
So that is it from Boston I will be taking a few days off from baseball in NY and then I will be heading south to North Carolina to go to the only stadium I have not been to. I will also be in Greensboro for the 4th of July and going to a bunch of games in the Appalachian League which last year was some of the best baseball I have seen.
Till then see you around and thanks for following.
Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Game 1 of the 2 game series, 3rd game of the road trip.
Saturday after the Clippers game I drove over night to N.Y., I hung out there Monday and I headed for Boston on Tuesday Morning.
I checked into the hotel and headed to Fenway after a few laps around the area looking for parking we found a spot not too far away. My friend Chris from N.Y. came up to Boston with me for these games.
We got to the stadium about 2 hours before the game and had to pick our tickets up from V.I.P will call which everyone said was the will call by the D gate on Yawkey and Van Ness street. after I waited online I was told, when I got to the window that my tix were at the will call at another entrance. So we had to be walked to the window since Yawkey Way is closed and considered inside the stadium when gates are opened. So we got our tickets and headed into the stadium.
As we entered the field area the Rockies were taking batting practice and I wanted to head straight to right field and see if I could snag a baseball, being so amazed by the stadium I just stayed by the left field side and took in the stadium.
As I entered the field area I can’t even explain the things that was going through my head. It was just the ahh of being at Fenway, the players that have played for this team, the history and Green Monster. The field almost has a personality of its own and the stands have their own character. It is almost like they are as much as a part of the team as the legendary, Iconic and Hall of Fame Players that called this stadium home for over 100 years.
The press box and behind home plate area.
Then I headed out towards the green monster.
Here is a look of it from the left field line.
Jenny and the Cowboy interviewing Carlos Gonzalez during the pre-game show.
Todd Helton signing for the fans at Fenway.
Marc Stout waiting to go live pondering the history of this stadium and what Stoutistics he could find!! O.K. maybe not, but that is my story and I am sticking with it!
The Boston Symphony Orchestra played God Bless America and the National Anthem.
The Musical Director Andris Nelsons threw out the ceromonial first pitch.
A look at the field during the National Anthem.
Ryan Dempster throwing the first pitch to Dexter Fowler.
Fowler walked to get on base.
D.J. LeMahieu dropped a bunt advanced Dex to second and got and base.
Red Sox catcher Jarod Saltalamacha could not come up with it.
Carlos Gonzalez popped out and Michael Cuddyer hit into a double play to get D.J. out at second and himself out at first. Dex remained on base.
Cuddyer out at first base.
The scoreboard in the outfield was cool they had to change the out of town scoreboard between innings.
The Red Sox got things started fast against the Rockies starter Juan Nicasio. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ball down the left field line that was fair and a fan grabbed the ball for fan interference double.
It was the guy on the corner behind the guy in white.
The umpire talking to the fan that interfered not sure if he was ejected or not but I think the Ump warned him.
Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a Dustin Pedroia single, Red Sox up by 1. The Red Sox scored 1 more in the inning. Nicasio walked 2 in the inning the Red Sox got 3 hits and Ellsbury fan interference.
Wilin Rosario with one out in the 2nd inning hit a solo home run.
Over the Green Monster in left. Ball is circled in red. (2-1) Red Sox
This was the first time I had seen Corey Dickerson in a Rockies uniform since being called up. I think the above photo was a foul.
He did ground out this at bat to second.
Here is a look of Fenway during Jacoby Ellsbury’s at bat in the second inning. He grounded out for the second out of the inning. The Red Sox rallied in the inning. Shane Victorino hit a double and scored on a Dustin Pedroia double.
David Ortiz doubled, Mike Napoli hit a single so did Daniel Nava also singled. The Red Sox scored 3 in the inning. (5-3) Red Sox
The Red Sox snt 8 batters to the plate in the 2nd. The Rockies went down in order in the 3rd.
J.D. Drew pops out to left in the 3rd.
Cargo making the catch for the first out in the 3rd inning.
Jose Iglesias gets back to first after hitting a single with one out. He and Ellsbury would also score in the inning.
Nicasio was taken out of the game in the third inning.
Walt Weiss takes the ball from Juan Nicasio. He left the game after 2 1/3. He gave up 12 hits 7 runs walked 2 and struck out 2.
Adam Ottavino came in to pitch he struck out David Ortiz and Mike Napoli flew out to end the inning. The red sox did pick up 2 more runs in the inning. (7-1) Red Sox
Michael Cuddyer got things going for the Rockies in the 4th. he got a lead of single and advanced to second on a wild pitch or passed ball.
He did eventually score on a Nolan Arrenado single. (7-2) Red Sox
Cory dickerson moved to third on the Arrenado single, Corey was hit by a pitch to get on base.
In the bottom of the 4th J.D. drew hit a ball to deep center which hit the top of the wall and bounced up and came back on the field it was close to being a home run. The Umpires headed in to review the play.
Drew at third base talking to the umpire who remained on the field while the other 3 went into review the play.
The umpires came out and ruled it a triple. There was no one on base when he hit it but did score on a Jose Iglesias singe (8-2) Red Sox
The Rockies once again did not do anything in the 5th. Above is a photo of Todd and David Ortiz after he was walked in the 5th inning. When I took this photo I was thinking of all the stats compiled by these to over the last 15+ years. That is a lot of home runs, doubles, hits and RBI’s.
Manny Corpas came in in the 6th inning to pitch for the Rockies he pitched well in the 6th. He only face 3 batters for the first 1,2,3 inning of the game for the Rockies. The Rockies scored 2 in the 7th and the Red Sox scored 2 more in the bottom of the inning. (10-4) Red Sox
One of the Rockies runs was on a Jonny Herrera hit a triple to left center and Shane Victorino hit the wall pretty hard trying to field it.
Nolan Arrenado crosses the plate for the first of the Rockies 2 runs in the 7th.
I could not believe this when I saw it the wave going around Fenway Park. I am not a fan of the wave and this is just wrong this also happened in Wrigley earlier in the year when the Rockies were there. Not a fan of the wave.
The Red Sox won this one 11-4. it was a very rough day at Fenway. It was really cool to be at this stadium definitely a favorite. It was everything I expected and more the staff was really great the access before the game to be able to move around the stadium. You were able to get to lower sections to see players and get autographs.
That is it for this game have another one from this series. Taking a little time to get these done because of lack of Wi-fi which has been a theme this year. If you remember we had trouble with this at spring training also.
More games to come after a few days in NY I will get back to games seeing a bunch in the next week.
Follow the adventure live on Twitter been trying to post as much as possible from games.
Thanks to Mary O for helping out with the tickets for this game wish you could have made the trip.